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AHEPA Launches the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund

Aphrodite Kotrotsios
Aphrodite Kotrotsios
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AHEPA Foundation Inc. Launches the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund: A Beacon of Educational Support for the Greek American Community

By Aphrodite Kotrotsios, Special to the Hellenic News of America

In an interview with Basil Mossaidis, Director of AHEPA, it was revealed that with a transformational gift of $17.3 million, the AHEPA Foundation Inc., a charitable arm of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), is proud to announce the establishment of the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund. This landmark initiative represents a monumental step forward in advancing educational opportunities and fostering academic excellence within the Greek American community and beyond.

A Generous Benefactor’s Vision

The John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund is made possible by a generous benefactor who has contributed $17.3 million towards the advancement of education and knowledge. While choosing to remain anonymous, the benefactor’s vision is to empower individuals of Greek ancestry to pursue studies in fields such as science, mathematics, computers, technology, physics, and medical research. Through the distribution of scholarship and grant awards, the Fund seeks to promote and advance knowledge in these critical areas.

Criteria for Awarding Scholarships

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Exclusively for graduate students, the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund will support individuals majoring in specific fields of study outlined by the donor. Further details regarding eligible areas of study will be provided in January 2025, coinciding with the launch of the application process for the upcoming academic year.

Impact on AHEPA Foundation Inc. and the Community

As the steward of this transformative gift, the AHEPA Foundation Inc. will oversee the administration of the scholarships in partnership with the AHEPA Educational Foundation. This collaboration reflects a shared commitment to educational advancement and community service, aligning with AHEPA’s longstanding mission and values.

Goals and Targets

In the short term, the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund aims to raise awareness and promote scholarship opportunities within the Greek American community. Beginning in 2025, the Foundation plans to announce annual scholarship winners, thereby fostering a culture of academic excellence and achievement.

Transparency and Accountability

The administration of the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund will adhere to rigorous standards of transparency and accountability. Annual audits conducted by external auditing firms, along with internal controls and oversight from the AHEPA Board of Trustees, ensure responsible fund management and program integrity.

Promotion and Awareness

Led by the AHEPA Educational Foundation, efforts to promote and advertise the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund will span various platforms, including the AHEPAN magazine, emails, social media channels, and direct communication with AHEPA chapters. This comprehensive approach aims to maximize visibility and accessibility to prospective applicants.

Commitment to Educational Advancement

At its core, the establishment of the John George Tsitsos Scholarship Fund reflects AHEPA’s unwavering commitment to educational advancement and community service. By providing tangible support to graduate students, the Foundation seeks to empower future leaders and foster academic excellence within the Greek American community and beyond.

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